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Local Energy Security in Transition

June 16, 2015Megan ButlerFeatured, NewsComments Off on Local Energy Security in Transition
Enegy Transition Lab Faculty Director Hari Osofski

Dr. Osofsky at the MEPC Making Connections Summit.       Photo Credit: MPEC 2015 Energy Summit by Great Planes Institute CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This month Dr. Hari Osofsky, the Energy Transition Lab’s Faculty Director presented the keynote address at the Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition’s Energy Summit held held in St. Paul. 

The Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition’s mission is to provide a forum for its members to exchange ideas, network, and collaborate on issues related to energy conservation, efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The Making Connections Summit, which was held on June 4th, focused upon the theme of “Energy Security and the Grid: Local Government Risks and Opportunities.” During the Summit, MEPC members and local government decision makers gathered to discuss evolving local energy markets and how these changes may affect local economic, environmental and social priorities.

Dr. Osofsky’s presentation focused upon local energy security in transition.

Other topics covered during the event included:

  • Technology, policy and customer demand as drivers of change
  • Challenger, opportunities and progress related to grid modernization
  • Local energy as a means of building resilience
  • Local government as partners shaping the future grid

Click here for a full list of topics covered during the Summit and to download presentations 



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The Energy Transition Lab is a strategic initiative of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in partnership with the Law School.
Funding for the Energy Transition Lab is primarily provided by the Institute on the Environment. Other funders include McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, US Department of Energy, Wind Energy Foundation and the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. Support for energy storage work is provided by the Minneapolis Foundation, Great River Energy, Mortenson Construction, AES Corporation, Next Era Energy Resources, and General Electric. Funders have no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of any manuscript.